Analysis of bulk and inorganic degradation products of stones, mortars and wall paintings by portable Raman microprobe spectroscopy.
ABSTRACT This work reports the use of a portable Raman microprobe spectrometer for the analysis of bulk and decaying compounds in carbonaceous materials such as stones, mortars and wall paintings. The analysed stones include limestone, dolomite and carbonaceous sandstone, gypsum and calcium oxalate, both mono- and dihydrated, being the main inorganic degradation products detected. Mortars include bulk phases with pure gypsum, calcite and mixtures of both or with sand, soluble salts being the most important degradation products. The pigments detected in several wall paintings include Prussian blue, iron oxide red, iron oxide yellow, vermilion, carbon black and lead white. Three different decaying processes have been characterised in the mortars of the wall paintings: (a) a massive absorption of nitrates that reacted with calcium carbonate and promoted the unbinding of pigment grains, (b) the formation of black crusts in the vault of the presbytery and (c) the thermodecomposition of pigments due to a fire.
- SourceAvailable from: Miguel Gomez-HerasSpectroscopy Letters 10/2011; 44(7-8):505-510. · 0.67 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: A multianalytical characterisation of black crusted modern construction materials from buildings located in the Bilbao Metropolitan area (North Spain) was carried out. According to the mineral composition determined by Raman spectroscopy, calcite and hematite were the major compounds found while aragonite, limonite, rutile, quartz and some aluminosilicates such as obsidian or amazonite (KAlSi(3)O(8)) were also present in minor percentages. As deterioration products, gypsum and anhydrite were widely found not only in the surface but also in the inner part of strongly deteriorated samples. Coquimbite (Fe(2)(SO(4))(3)·9H(2)O) was identified as well in the most protected facade where high amounts of Fe, having probably an anthropogenic origin, were measured by micro X-ray fluorescence (μ-XRF). Zn was found to be in high amounts while Cu, Pb, Ti, Mn, Sr and K were identified as minor elements. Considering the non-expected concentrations found for some anthropogenic elements, a sequential extraction was carried out in order to determine their chemical form by means of ion chromatography and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. The orientation of the facades, which had a different influence from rain washing and industrial and traffic impact, was shown to affect the accumulation of different compounds in the black crust. Finally, the MEDUSA software was used to simulate the reactions among the original compounds, deposited pollutants and the atmospheric acid gases in order to explain the presence of the decaying species found.Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 10/2010; 399(9):2949-59. · 3.66 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: During the last decades, Raman spectroscopy has grown to an established analytical technique in archaeometry, art analysis and conservation science. Mobile Raman instruments were designed to be used for in situ characterisation and identification of inorganic and organic materials in art and archaeometry. This research paper aims to point out several aspects that need to be considered when selecting a mobile Raman spectrometer for in situ archaeometrical studies. We describe an approach to evaluate these parameters and apply this to a dual laser portable Raman spectrometer. Twofold characterisation of mobile Raman instrumentation for art analysis: (i) investigation of spectroscopic characteristics such as (amongst others) spectral resolution, spectral window, signal to noise ratio and limit of detection; (ii) evaluation of specific properties that are useful for mobile studies in archaeometry. These include options for easy positioning and focussing, the ability to reduce laser power on the surface of the art object and the working distance between the probehead and the artefact. Finally, the research was completed with field tests by studying the pigments of a mediaeval wall painting.Spectrochimica Acta Part A Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy 09/2013; 118C:294-301. · 1.98 Impact Factor